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Once a relatively simple matter, land development has today become a complicated art and science unto itself, and one that has wide implications for entire urban economies. The many factors involved are enough to challenge the savviest engineer, planner, surveyor, architect, attorney, developer or any professional who must navigate the confusing maze the land development process has become.

Written by one of the nation's premier consulting firms, this new edition delivers up-to-date coverage of planning, engineering, and surveying...all with over 700 illustrations, including diagrams, detailed drawings, plats, and reports generated at the various design stages, as well as charts, tables, and more. You'll find a thorough description of the design and approval process for residential, commercial, and retail land development projects and access to valuable bottom-line information on:

Environmental issues, including erosion and sediment control, storm water management, environmental impact studies and assessments, and water quality

Types of local regulations; where to get necessary project approval; what to expect during the process Site analysis and selection criteria for feasibility studies Technical information on the design of suburban infrastructure components such as water treatment and supply systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm drain systems, and roads

The complete spectrum of surveying methods, including Global Positioning System Surveys and Geographic Information Systems

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A comprehensive reference on the land development design process, for professionals including engineers, planners, surveyors, architects, attorneys, and developers. Sections on local government planning and regulatory functions; securing project approvals; site analysis; environmental considerations; soils; water supply systems; real property law; and GPS and GIS contain b&w diagrams, detailed drawings, reports at various design stages, and charts, illustrating the design and approval process for residential, commercial, and retail land development projects. Includes example problems, and an extended case study of an actual development in Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071375252
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/29/2002
  • Series: Handbook Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1124
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

THE DEWBERRY COMPANIES, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, started out as a six-person civil engineering company in 1956 serving the northern Virginia area. Since then the company has grown to a nationally known design firm with over 1,600 employees, 26 offices, an amazing array of people, resources, and capabilities. Dedicated to architecture, planning, and surveying, the Dewberry Companies is rated one of the top 100 land development firms in the United States by the ENR.
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Table of Contents

I Overview
Ch. 1 Overview of the Land Development Process
II Feasibility and Site Analysis
Ch. 2 Comprehensive Planning and Zoning
Ch. 3 Site Plan Ordinances, Subdivision Regulations, and Building Codes
Ch. 4 Exactions, Infrastructure Enhancements, and Fees
Ch. 5 Real Property Law
Ch. 6 Engineering Feasibility
Ch. 7 Environmental Regulations
Ch. 8 Environmental Site Assessments
Ch. 9 Historic and Archaeologic Assessment
Ch. 10 Market Analysis and Economic Feasibility
Ch. 11 The Rezoning Process
III Conceptual Design
Ch. 12 Development Patterns and Principles
IV Schematic Design
Ch. 13 Boundary Surveys for Land Development
Ch. 14 Control Surveys
Ch. 15 Topographic Surveys
Ch. 16 Preliminary Engineering
Ch. 17 Environmental and Natural Resources
Ch. 18 Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Ch. 19 Environmental Considerations
V Final Design
Ch. 20 Suburban Street Design
Ch. 21 Storm Drain Design
Ch. 22 Design of Stormwater Management Facilities
Ch. 23 Floodplain Studies
Ch. 24 Grading and Earthwork
Ch. 25 Wastewater Collection
Ch. 26 Water Distribution
Ch. 27 Wastewater Treatment
Ch. 28 Water Supply and Treatment
Ch. 29 Erosion and Sediment Control
Ch. 30 Contract Documents and Specifications
Ch. 31 Construction cost Estimating
VI Plan Submission and Permitting
Ch. 32 Subdivision Submittals
Ch. 33 Plan Submittal, Review, and Approval Process
Ch. 34 Environmental Permits
VII Construction
Ch. 35 Construction Stakeout Surveys
Ch. 36 Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy
VIII Technical Appendices
Ch. 37 Geospatial Data
Ch. 38 Types of Drawings Used in Land Development
Ch. 39 Soils
Ch. 40 Case Study: Union Mills
Ch. 41 Technical Appendix
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